Culture

Swedish envoy to Turkey: Criticizing ISIL does not equal Islamophobia

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Sweden’s ambassador to Ankara urges for a balanced approach in dealing with Islamist terror attacks, saying a distinction should be made between criticizing Islamist extremists and Islamophobia. ANKARA – Hurriyet – Emine Kart Nobody should stigmatize all Muslims for the crimes committed by fundamentalists, yet nobody should label criticism of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and its ... Read More »

Graeme Hugo, distinguished demographer and academic, dies aged 68

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One of Australia’s most distinguished demographers, Professor Graeme Hugo, has died at the age of 68 after a short illness. ( ABC ) Regarded by his peers and students as an academic giant, the University of Adelaide professor was also director of the Australian Migration and Population Research Centre. Professor Hugo was named an Officer of the Order of Australia ... Read More »

Australia doesn’t have a problem with alcohol. We have a problem with violence

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Tim Gregg’s experience of living in Germany makes him question the relationship between drinking and social mayhem. The Canberra Times - Tim Gregg * There’s a popular theory that Australia’s fragile society is awash with grog. It’s easy to get swept away with the tide of moral panic. But before we do, let’s take a moment to consider some important distinctions. ... Read More »

Free speech debate must be handled with respect

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I COULDN’T believe my eyes. Had the Charlie Hebdo staff learnt nothing from the tragic deaths at their offices? Herald Sun – Kuranda Seyit * Was their first edition after the killings blatant provocation or was it really a statement defending free speech? A cartoon offending 1.8 billion people in the name of a concept that does not exist is not ... Read More »

No need to breed like rabbits: Pope

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Pope Francis says Catholics don’t have to breed ‘like rabbits’ and should instead practice ‘responsible parenting’. SBS - Source: AAP Catholics are not required to procreate “like rabbits,” Pope Francis says, tackling family planning issues days after reiterating the Catholic Church’s opposition to artificial contraceptives. “Some people believe that to be good Catholics, we need to be like rabbits,” the Pope said ... Read More »

Palestine, the Political Football: Good Enough For Soccer, Not Good Enough For Statehood

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Palestine’s participation in the AFC Asian Cup places the Australian government between a rock and hard place, writes Nishadh Rego. New Matilda – Nishadh Rego * Immediately prior to New Years 2015 there were two significant developments in Australia-Palestine relations. On December 30, the Australian government rejected a draft UN Security Council resolution calling for the end of Israel’s occupation in ... Read More »

Miracle boy, but campaign to stop mutilation of girls goes on

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IT sometimes takes a kick to the ribs to jolt Khadija Gbla out of a state of disbelief. Babies can pack a pretty good punch though, and it’s a fair guess that the unborn child of this brave activist possesses more than his fair share of fighting spirit. The Australian – Natasha Robinson, Senior Writer, Sydney He is the baby that Ms ... Read More »

Meet the honor brigade, an organized campaign to silence debate on Islam

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Asra Q. Nomani, a former Wall Street Journal reporter, is the author of “Standing Alone: An American Woman’s Struggle for the Soul of Islam.” The Washington Post – By Asra Q. Nomani “You have shamed the community,” a fellow Muslim in Morgantown, W.Va., said to me as we sat in a Panera Bread in 2004. “Stop writing.” Then 38, I had ... Read More »

Witch doctors banned in Tanzania in bid to curb attacks on albinos

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Tanzania has banned witch doctors in a bid to curb a rising wave of attacks on albinos. More than 70 albinos, who lack pigment in their skin, hair and eyes, have been murdered in the east African nation in the past decade for black magic purposes, according to United Nations figures. Many victims have been hacked to death and body ... Read More »